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Beano, done that: Comic whizzkid, 10, is already a worldwide star

A TEN-YEAR-OLD comic book fan is selling creations he makes from scratch in his bedroom to shops around the world.

Drew Marr lives in Dundee, home to the Beano and the Dandy, and grew up reading the classic comics.

The talented youngster drew on his wide range of enthusiasms, including James Bond films and ’80s music, when plotting his 24-page pamphlets.

They have two concurrent storylines and are printed in a ‘flip comic’ style, with one storyline on an upside down page.

Proud: Mum Kelly-Ann Marr with Drew

One series, The Rehabilitation of Doctor Eye, tells the story of a supervillain who turns good.

And the other, Drunk Genie, is about a hapless djinn who fails to grant wishes as he is always sloshed.

Drew, who has been creating characters since he was six, says the books take between two to five months to complete.

He makes his comics, which are sold around the world as far afield as America and Australia, from scratch and ploughs the money he makes back into printing more.

And the ambitious schoolboy plans to complete a ten-part series in three years.

Drew said: ‘I went to a convention in Dundee when I was quite young and I quite like colouring in, so I started making my own.

‘The main character in Doctor Eye is an evil mastermind — I came up with the idea at school.

‘We had to create a character and I chose a supervillain. I made him the way he is today.

Talented: Drew shows off some of his work

‘I got the idea from some of the old Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet series.

‘I like things from the 20th century, I get ideas and adapt them for the comics — things like Indiana Jones and James Bond.’

When Drew needs to research a location — for example, a telephone box in Moscow — he looks on Google Street View to get an idea of what it should look like.

And clever Drew even creates soundtracks to his comics online.

Drew aspires to be like Stan Lee, the former editor-in-chief of Marvel comics who wrote and published his own creations.

He added: ‘I want to be a company owner and a businessman, and I’ve got lots of ideas in my head for stories.’

Drew’s mum Kelly-Ann says his diverse range of interests include watching political thrillers such as All The President’s Men.

Proud mum Kelly-Ann, 44, said: ‘They are not traditional comics — Drew has come up with a new style, a new layout and a new story structure.

‘The comics have two timelines.

‘He does most of it in his room.

‘Drew loves the Beano and the Dandy, and from the age of three we were visiting the Japanese anime and comic book festival at the University of Dundee.’

Prolific: Some of Drew’s comics on display

The bright little boy met real-life comic book artists and soon picked up his pens and started drawing.

Part of his method is sitting down with his mum to read the dialogue aloud and check if it flows right.

Kelly-Ann added: ‘He knows he’s only got 24 pages so we’ll have a conversation about “where are you going to put what”.

‘He loves traditional Scottish humour like Still Game — all the comedy you would expect kids to like anywhere.’

Drew works to deadlines but relaxes by watching The Simpsons.

The books are drawn at home before being scanned and then printed locally, and industrious Drew set up his own brand, Gold Lion Comics.

Julie Tait, of The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, described Drew as an ‘inspiration to young creators and older creators alike’.

She said he was ‘prolific, professional and hugely talented’ when he was welcomed to the festival as its youngest guest.

The books are sold in Washington DC and Sydney, Australia, as well as at seven shops in the UK and Ireland, including comic book store Forbidden Planet.